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Billionaires waste money on Notre Dame reconstruction

Billionaires waste money on Notre Dame reconstruction

Madison Vigdor

June 20, 2019

Not too long after a fire ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral on Apr. 15, billionaires virtually threw their money at its burnt remains. Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault started the trend with his donation of $112 million and was followed by a chain of egotistical magnates, some investing up to three time...

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Sally Ehlers

June 20, 2019

The feeling of warm sand between your toes, the cool gusts of briny air as the waves crash, the giggles of children as squabbling seagulls fly overhead. Nothing compares to the ideal summer at the Jersey Shore.  But, unfortunately, beach access is not free to all, so neither is this vision of summerti...

Do what you love or do what pays

Do what you love or do what pays

Tess Rempel

March 12, 2019

As millenials, we’re often left wondering: should we give up a high-paying salary for self-satisfaction, or sacrifice it to support ourselves? The job market is a difficult hierarchy to climb, and for some, a barren system. Having passion in a career can drive success through motivation, and set work...

Licenses drive up student spending

Licenses drive up student spending

Mia Gallo

January 25, 2019

Junior year of high school comes with a slew of new responsibilities: taking the SATs, starting the college search and for most students, getting their driver’s license. The frequent trips across Monmouth County that parents used to make now carry a price tag for most students, along with a set of a...

Student spending increases over summer break

Student spending increases over summer break

Allie Beekman

September 14, 2018

Anyone with a summer job can relate to the *NSYNC lyrics, “Thank God it’s Friday night and I just got paid.” Theoretically, this paycheck adds to savings to use year-round, but in reality the extra cash may make teens spend more in the summer. Though most part-time jobs pay little more than minimum wage, te...

Happiness is a luxury only few can afford

Happiness is a luxury only few can afford

Katherine Lombardi

September 14, 2018

“Money can’t buy you happiness” is a trite statement that many hear at least once in their lives. But with rising costs for necessities, enticing high-price indulgences and multiple studies proving the opposite of these words, the well-known phrase may not be as true as it seems. A higher ...

More than cows are at “steak” here

More than cows are at “steak” here

Tess Rempel

June 15, 2018

Since the 20th century, the public has viewed veganism as an extreme fad geared more toward hippies and activists than everyday people. Meat-free options were neither convenient nor palatable, but over time, this has changed. Now more than ever, it is necessary to consider and support the veganism moveme...

Celebrities ‘sell out’ with advertisements, students understand

Celebrities ‘sell out’ with advertisements, students understand

Madeline Holobinko

March 2, 2018

From Amy Schumer's Budweiser commercials to Drake’s T-Mobile ads, celebrities partner with big name companies all the time. Whether those collaborations are considered “selling out” is something that people disagree on. “Selling out” is when celebrities exchange “their credibility for large pay...

Stop commercializing Valentine’s Day

Stop commercializing Valentine’s Day

Madison Vigdor and Julia Rocco

March 2, 2018

In the 1300s, Valentine’s Day became associated with love and romance. The holiday meant spending time with that special someone and showing them how much you care. A confession of love, a homemade card or even a handwritten poem showed enough appreciation toward your significant other. People gave ...

A Higher Cost : How CHS students and alumni dealing with the price of a higher education

Andrew Wang

December 18, 2017

For the average American, the issue of attending college is a matter of numbers. As reported by Forbes, for 44 million Americans as of February 2017, that number is $1.3 trillion, the total amount of student loan debt. For the graduating class of 2016, that number is $37,172, the average amount each...

Students spend major cash for back to school supplies

Students spend major cash for back to school supplies

Phoebe Drummond

November 3, 2017

When Erica Samarco, a junior of Colts Neck, walked out of Staples, she was not thrilled by the amount she had to spend in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. Both NBC News and NEA Today shared that the average cost of school supplies per student is between $330 and $375 per year. This...

Teen friendship can have a hefty pricetag

Teen friendship can have a hefty pricetag

Phoebe Drummond

December 22, 2016

They say the best gift is giving, but for students on a limited budget this is not always an easy task, especially with the pressure of buying friends a good gift they will enjoy. At CHS, 90 percent of students exchange gifts with friends, according to a survey from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 of 248 students;...

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